2015 MINI Cooper Roadster

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What's New for 2015:
  • 4-door Cooper hardtop with 5-passenger seating
  • Standard automatic climate control
  • Standard rain sensor
  • All fog lights now use LEDs instead of halogen bulbs
  • Optional 2-tone wheels
  • Fiber Alloy interior color
  • Slight equipment package changes
  • Ice Blue paint color no longer available

The 2015 Mini Cooper is a compact, front-wheel-drive (FWD) car available in 2-door, 4-passenger hardtop and convertible body styles, as well as 2-passenger coupe and roadster varieties and the new-for-2015 4-door, 5-passenger hardtop. Countryman and Paceman models continue to be offered, but are covered separately. Buyers have their choice of base Cooper, Cooper S, and John Cooper Works (JCW) trim levels.

Models and Features
In keeping with tradition, the all-new 2015 Mini Cooper 4-door hardtop can be ordered in base or S trim, both of which are also available on the coupe, roadster, and convertible. Shoppers looking at the entry-level Cooper base model will find the car fitted with standard amenities including a sport mode for the steering and throttle, 15-in. alloy wheels, HD Radio, leather-wrapped tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, cruise control, automatic climate control, air-conditioned glovebox, Bluetooth connectivity, and more. A move up to the Cooper S opens the door to a more powerful engine, as well as LED fog lights, run-flat tires, 16-in. alloy wheels, and visual enhancements.

JCW variants deliver an extra degree of performance not offered by the Cooper S, along with an aggressively tuned suspension, LED headlights, 17-in. alloy wheels, and special sport seats.

Those familiar with the Mini brand know that upgrades are plentiful. For 2015, highlights include new 2-tone alloy wheels and a Fiber Alloy interior color scheme, Premium package that now features Mini's Comfort Access keyless entry and start system, dynamic suspension, Harman Kardon premium audio, 8.8-in. touch-screen navigation, panoramic moonroof, and a head-up display.

Under the Hood
Accompanying 2014's redesign of the Mini Cooper hardtop came a new turbocharged, 1.5-liter 3-cylinder engine that delivers 134 horsepower and 162 lb.-ft. of torque. This little inline engine also powers the all-new 4-door Mini Cooper hardtop. For the convertible, coupe, and roadster models, Mini continues to employ its naturally aspirated 1.6-liter 4-cylinder motor that produces 121 horsepower and 118 lb.-ft. of torque. Sportier S variants of the hardtop are equipped with a turbocharged, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine boasting 189 horsepower and 207 lb.-ft. of torque, whereas convertible, coupe, and roadster S models add a turbocharger to their 1.6-liter motor to net 181 horsepower and 177 lb.-ft. of torque.

Finally, at the top of the food chain, so to speak, are the John Cooper Works Minis; hardtops are fitted with a 2.0-liter that generates 228 horsepower and 236 lb.-ft. of torque, while the other body styles use the boosted 1.6-liter 4-cylinder to deliver 208 horsepower and up to 207 lb.-ft. of torque.

Fuel Economy
Despite the 2015 Mini Cooper's rather broad spectrum of body styles, trim levels, and powertrain options, fuel-economy ratings generally hover in the mid-to-high 20s around town, mid-to-high 30s on the highway, and low-to-mid 30s overall. According to the EPA, the most efficient of the bunch is the hardtop (2- or 4-door), which is expected to average up to 29 mpg city, 40 mpg highway, and 33 mpg in mixed driving. Adding the Cooper S's turbocharger cuts those figures to 24 mpg, 34 mpg, and 27 mpg, respectively.

Safety Ratings and Technology
In terms of related equipment, the 2015 Mini Cooper is stuffed with 4-wheel anti-lock disc brakes with cornering-brake control and self-drying technology, up to 8 air bags, and run-flat tires (Cooper and JCW). Buyers can also opt for LED headlights, rear park-assist sensors, and a rearview camera.

In government crash tests, the 2015 Mini Cooper hardtop 2-door received an overall rating of 4 (out of 5) stars, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). In tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the Cooper hardtop received a \"Good\" rating--the Institute's highest--for moderate frontal-offset crash protection. Other versions of the 2015 Mini Cooper were not tested.


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